Frustration, exhaustion, and a sense of impending disaster appear to lurk among those Brockers and Sandboxers who have had FATCA on their minds more frequently in a day than teenagers think about sex. We are at a crossroads here in Canada. Our Conservative government is about to make history; we all feel it here in this place we call the Isaac Brock Society, which is much more than just a website. We all hope that the history our government is about to make is the ‘right’ one.
Many citizens of the world, not just Canadians, have contributed their individual talents, and personal attributes in countless ways to educate those who do not understand FATCA, which is no easy task! It is not my intention for this post to name them all, or describe what they have done, but we know, and they know, and everyone reading this who values human rights and freedoms knows.
Sadly, we are not there yet. Most Canadians have never heard of FATCA. Most people in the world have never heard of FATCA, nor have they heard of citizenship based taxation. Intuitively, almost everyone gets it that it is unfair to tax people who do not live in the taxing country, and do not earn income there. Unfortunately, most people don’t connect the dots between the bad, unfair things that happen to ‘other people’ with the bad, unfair things that could happen to them.
Our job is to educate the masses, so that our voice becomes much LOUDER. We have been trying, but people in Canada, and the USA are easily distracted with things such as the antics of Rob Ford. How sad is it that little media attention was paid to a group of Canadian citizens who spent 2 days in the cold demonstrating on 18 inches of curb outside a meeting held by Canadian bankers who were discussing how to smoke out the ‘US Persons’ among us?
It is not over people. We haven’t lost. And we are not going to. We have accomplished too much to give up now. However, Mr, and Mrs, Joe Canadian are still asleep in front of their computers and TV sets. If they could hear us, they would be on our side, and at our defense. We have a voice that Canadian politicians and bankers, and US politicians and bankers, have definitely heard. They fear us, as they should, and they hope we will go away so that Mr and Mrs Joe Canadian don’t ever wake up. We won’t go away!
So, how do we get the critical mass that we need to effect change? I don’t have the answers, but I am confident that the group does. Every day, as the ripple of knowledge spreads, more and more individuals discover the group of people at IsaacBrockSociety and come to us full of passion, and talent to offer in this fight.
For example, someone whose name I won’t mention because I am not sure if he/she wants me to, took our Canadian FATCA fact sheet and used his/her graphic design skills to transform a bunch of words into something eye catching and alarming. Check out the PDF version of the Canadian FATCA fact sheet linked to on our side bar. Maybe someone else can come up with a WORD version. Imagine if everyone across Canada saw it! Imagine if 10,000 people saw it, and .01% of those decided to participate in a public demonstration against FATCA. Imagine 100 people in a public demonstration at Parliament Hill. Do you think anyone would notice? I think they would.